Two ways you can get involved:
1. DONATE TO CAUSE to help stop 24,000-home West Tey
CAUSE is funded by volunteers. We are now approaching a critical period leading to a formal inspection of the final proposals. CAUSE now needs your help to raise the funds needed to employ specialists, including legal assistance, to help present our case.
2. RESPOND TO WEST TEY CONSULTATION before 22 January 2018
TAKE CARE – CONSULTATION WILL BE A MANDATE FOR GARDEN CITY
A consultation about West Tey will run over the Christmas period until 22nd January. The consultation will be used as a ‘mandate’ for the delivery of the garden city. CAUSE advises great care in responding. Anything you say will be taken as agreement that the garden city should go ahead.
CAUSE and others, including CPREssex and the Colne-Stour Association, argued that this consultation is premature and should not go ahead until the Inspector has reported and until uncertainty about the A120 and A12 have been resolved but the councils disagreed. The Inspector’s examination of the garden city proposals is due in mid-January and CAUSE is working with consultants to prepare.
HOW TO RESPOND
Our recommendation is that if you wish to answer the consultation questions, please start every answer with something like this:
“I do not support the inclusion of West Tey in the Local Plan. Its location and size mean that it can never be sustainable or viable. This consultation is premature and a waste of tax-payers’ money when the outcome of the Examination is unknown and uncertainty remains about the A120/A12.”
OUR INITIAL THOUGHTS on the consultation can be find here – please feel free to use to help with your own response. Click here:
We suggest that you answer each question with reference to the whole Borough first (e.g. Q3 & Q4 here), before addressing your specific areas of concern:
“Green infrastructure is important in all developments and should form part of Colchester’s plan for the whole Borough. Green infrastructure should not be exclusive to garden cities, and this principle does not provide a justification for 24,000 homes at West Tey.”
“Integrated & sustainable transport is essential for the whole Borough and should benefit all residents not just those new to the garden city. We wish to see a Colchester Borough transport strategy. This principle does not justify the development of 24,000 homes at West Tey. A garden city is not required to deliver Borough-wide transport improvements.”
Be careful – this is a mandate for this purple blob!
For an example of the kind of advice we have paid for to date, here is our responses to consultations: